Geremi, our 29-year-old Cameroon International was granted an extended summer break by Kevin Keegan after his involvement in the World Cup qualifiers in June.
Geremi – already super fit
And it was really good to see him thrown straight back into the Newcastle starting line-up for Saturday’s friendly at Doncaster Rovers, and it shows just how fit the former Real Madrid and Chelsea player is, so early in pre-season for him.
He was also made captain for the day by Keegan.
Speaking to nufcTV today, Geremi has explained that he was more than pleased to make a quick return to Newcastle having only just completed his international duty some four weeks ago:
“I’m glad to be back and it was fine coming straight back into the team,”Â “The result was disappointing but the important thing was to get some minutes under our belt.”
“It was a good workout, especially because the weather was like it is in Africa.” “I’ve been working very hard since I came back on Monday but I’m lucky because I’ve been playing with my national team and I’m in good shape already.”
“I only had three weeks rest and that’s why I’m able to come straight back into the team.” “It was also very nice to be made captain again. The gaffer knows me and he knows that I’m experienced and can lead the team.”
Geremi will be with the squad this afternoon when they fly to Mallorca ahead of their participation in this weekend’s Summer Cup.
Newcastle will play Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin at the ONO Estadia on Friday night, before facing our hosts Real Mallorca on Sunday night.
The versatile and experienced midfielder believes the pre-season trip will be invaluable in building team spirit before the Premier League’s first game at Manchester United two weeks come Sunday.
“It’s important for team spirit and bonding before the start of the season,” “It’s a good test for us and it’s a trip we’re looking forward to it.”
“The aim for the season is to do better than we did last year and that’s why we have been training very hard.”
We look to Geremi to have a great season, with his experience and guile being well used by our very under-rated manager Kevin Keegan.
The only player now missing is Abdoulaye Faye, who was also playing World Cup football for Senegal during the summer.
We would expect Faye to be returning next week sometime, after a well deserved rest.